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Honors Day 2019

Honors Day 2019

Dr. Jane Nichols selected for CACREP Board

Dr. Jane Nichols Dr. Jane Nichols, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Institute, was one of three new Counselor Educators selected for the CACREP Board for a five-year term beginning July 1.

The mission of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through:

  • Development of preparation standards;
  • Encouragement of excellence in program development; and
  • Accreditation of professional preparation programs.

(From the CACREP website:

CDS Students Supporting Autism Awareness at Walkers Bluff


Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt named ABAI Fellow 

Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA-DThe Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has named Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt an ABAI Fellow.

The purpose of the ABAI Fellow designation is to recognize the most outstanding contributors to behavior analysis in one or more of the primary areas of (a) research and scholarship, (b) professional practice, or (c) teaching/administration/service. Potential Fellows are nominated by current Fellows, and nominations are accepted only for Full members of ABAI who have clearly documented records of sustained and excellent contributions in any of these three primary areas. An aggregate of contributions across areas may also make an individual eligible.

Ashley Scholarship Supports Intern’s Career Goals

Jessica GarciaJessica Garcia had no idea that her calling in life would be determined in a high school gym a few years ago. As a volunteer in a unique school program, she agreed to observe special needs students, shadowing them during a typical day. In doing so, Jessica had an “aha” moment. She was introduced to the challenges that speech deficits pose, and seeing her peers struggle with communication stirred something inside.
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ISHA Executive Board Meeting-Peoria, Illinois


Contextual Behavioral Psychology and the Future of a Behavioral Approach, featuring Dr. Steven Hayes

Psychologist, Dr. Steven Hayes, a regular contributor to the "Huffington Post" and "Psychology Today" and the author of 44 books and hundreds of articles about human behavior is speaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale January 11, 2019, 10:00 am in the Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library and everyone is welcome to attend. 

The discussion will focus on the changes in the field of applied behavioral sciences. Dr. Hayes has a long career focusing largely on analyzing the nature of human language and understanding and applying the information to ease human suffering. He developed "Relational Frame Theory", which holds the ability to create multi-directional links between things from the basis for human language and higher understanding. He has guided the extension of his theory to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His work has received a lot of attention. In 1992, The Institute for Scientific Information listed him as the 30th "highest impact" psychologist in the world. In addition, Google Scholar data ranks him in the top 1,500 most cited scholars for all areas of study. 

2018 SIU System Diversity Excellence Award

Dr. Franca

Congratulations to Communication Disorders and Sciences faculty member Dr. Claudia Franca for winning the SIU System Diversity Excellence award. Dr. Claudia Franca is the first ever recipient of this award.